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Security researcher creates USB stick that can fry any USB device

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 14, 2015 5:39 pm

Should you ever want to fry your own hardware or someone else's for some reason, Russian researcher "Dark Purple" has just the thing for you: a USB stick that does just that when inserted into any USB device.




Dubbed "USB Killer 2.0", the stick simply sends 220 volts of electricity through the stick, frying the device it's plugged into. No muss, no fuss.


Below you can see him bricking his Lenovo Thinkpad X60 (a motherboard replacement is on its way). Purple says it's "extremely unlikely" the hard drive is affected, so if you're a spy that may need to wipe his disk at any moment, this probably won't help you.

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Xbox Wireless adapter lets you use Xbox One controller on Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:25 pm

The Xbox One controller has been compatible with all recent versions of Windows for awhile now, but you needed a micro USB cable to connect. That's no longer the case soon, when you'll be able to purchase the new Xbox One Wireless Adapater, which boasts Windows 10 compatibility.




Those who used the Xbox 360 wireless adapter with Windows know how this goes: simply plug it into a USB port, hit the Xbox button on your controller, and away you go.


This is great news for PC gamers who want to game from the couch, and for Xbox One owners who want to stream their console games to a Windows 10 device (yep, that's an option).


The adapter will cost you $25 and launches October 20.

EASARS includes a cooling fan on its new mouse bungee

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:31 am

First we had Tt eSPORTS and its Challenger Pro keyboard sporting a cooling fan for sweaty gamers, followed by the Black Element Cyclone, featuring a fan connected directly to a gaming mouse. Now we have leveled up in the world of fans - introducing the EASARS Hellbenter mouse bungee, complete with a cooling apparatus of its own.




If you're really wanting to simulate a wind tunnel environment, combining the forces of these three products may just suit your sweaty nerd gamer needs, with a recently issued press release stating that this stylish bungee also comes packed with a USB 2.0 hub and what seems to be blue LED lighting.


This product has been released in unison with EASARS' new Spotter gaming mouse, you can read about both of these products here.

BenQ announces an investment in ZOWIE, cites product development

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 4:10 am

BenQ has been all over the competitive gaming scene in the last five years, sponsoring most of the biggest gaming organisations, gaming events and tournaments alike. This strong commitment to the eSports scene has been further extended, seeing this Taiwanese company announce that it has "strengthened holdings in the research and manufacture of gaming equipment by investing in the player trusted brand ZOWIE."




Further stating that BenQ and ZOWIE's passion and mission for business both strongly align with its own, this fact makes this renewed collaboration being only logical. Back in 2010 these two companies co-branded a professional gaming monitor, with this partnership to extend now into 2015, seeing BenQ help out ZOWIE in peripheral research and development.


Said to be further making products for casuals and professionals alike, there is no saying just yet exactly what products these two companies will make together, however the press release does mention First Person Shooter games being a particular focus.

G.SKILL releases new high-performance mechanical keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 16, 2015 10:48 pm

G.SKILL has just released two new Cherry MX mechanical gaming keyboards in the RIPJAWS brand: the mesmerizing muti-color KM780 RGB and the crimson-red backlit KM780 MX.



Both models are ultra-durable and designed specifically for performance gaming, featuring five-level contour keys and raised keycaps that are optimized for ASWD movement schemes. Apart from the color schemes the models are identical in form and function. The keys on G.SKILL's new offerings can all be turned into macros on-the-fly, and sport dedicated macro control keys as well as six extra macro buttons fora huge level of flexibility for optimum gaming.


To help minimize mouse cable interference and keep things tidy while gaming, users can thread mouse cords through the onboard foldable holder clasped to the front end of the keyboard. Plus the models act as a hub for devices thanks to a USB 2.0 pass-through and an audio line-in and mic-out jack.

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GIGABYTE releases its own minimalistic Cherry MX mechanical board

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 9:29 am

With GIGABYTE's Aurous set to only release top-tier high-end peripherals, GIGABYTE has pushed out another mechanical keyboard of its own brand. In the past, GIGABYTE boards have often been a 'love or hate' design, straying from the 'norm' by creating products with interesting angles and blocky exteriors a little different to most.




In a change of heart, GIGABYTE has released this super-minimalist mechanical board, called the FORCE K83. Released with Cherry MX Red or Blue keys and rated up to 50 million keystrokes, this keyboard does away will all optional extras - aiming to provide a 'no frills' experience to the consumer.


Providing what GIGABYTE claims in a recently published press release to be a "modern, clean look," the 'island-style layout' of this product is said to help reduce issues with dropped crumbs or drink spills, paired with laser etched keys to ensure longevity.

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Cooler Master CM Storm announces 'de-badged' compact mechanical

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 9:31 am

The Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire XTi is "a minimalistic mechanical gaming keyboard with multi-color backlighting for gamers built with 100% authentic Cherry MX switches" as stated in a recently issued press release. The announcement further explained that this compact keyboard has been specifically designed to offer minimal "button clutter" and offer a clean design through the removal of all company logos.




The XTi further features UV coated keys for protection and can be purchased with Cherry MX red, brown or blue switches. If more features are what you are looking for, this board also offers a detachable braided USB cable for data transmission, complete anti-ghosting and three cable tracks for you to ensure a neat workstation.


Available in stores now, this keyboard is set at a recommended price of $167 (149.99 Euro).

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Razer's new Orochi is the 'worlds most precise' mini-mouse

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 12:27 pm

If you're a hardcore gamer on the go, Razer has a solution that it believes will suit you perfectly. Enter the Razer Orochi, a notebook gaming mouse which features 8,200 DPI through the help of a 4G laser sensor, Razer Chroma RGB lighting and 60 hours of non-stop battery life.




With added Windows 10 support, this mouse is being released with double the battery life of its predecessor and it has Bluetooth 4.0 partly to thank for this. If you're looking to use it wired or need a charge, there is also an included 3.28 foot braided USB cable on offer.


The mouse measures up at only 3.9(L) x 2.64(W) x 1.38(H) inches in stature and requires two AA batteries to operate.

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Razer re-releases the Diamondback, adds RGB and 16k DPI laser sensor

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 8, 2015 8:22 am

Seeing a debut in 2004 at the World Cyber Games, Razer's Diamondback was used by gamers worldwide in memorable game titles like Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, Battlefield Vietnam and more. Now this product is back for more, seeing a 2015 refresh announced in the form of a 'Collector's Edition'.




Sporting RGB (Chroma) lighting, a 16,000 DPI laser sensor, a 1,000Hz polling rate and an ambidextrous shell design, this Windows 10 compatible mouse is currently available for pre-order at $89.99 and is set for release in October 2015.


Claiming in a press release to offer "the world's most precise sensor," Razer's new Diamondback comes equipped with a 5G laser sensor which offers an adjustable lift-off cut-off distance all the way down to 0.1mm and the ability to dial in your sensitivity, 1 DPI at a time.

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Razer announces a new customizable Xbox One controller for $150

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 29, 2015 8:52 am

Razer has just announced its latest peripheral, a customizable controller for the Xbox One known as Wildcat. Razer says that it built the Wildcat as a controller for competitive Xbox One gamers, reducing the weight of the original Xbox One controller by 25%.




Wildcat features four additional buttons that can be remapped to whatever you want, as well as a "quick control" panel at the bottom of the controller which lets gamers quickly switch between profiles, adjust chat volume, or mute their audio. The new Razer Wildcat also features rubber palm rests, an analog stuck that is covered in a green grip, and something that Razer calls "aircraft-grade" aluminum triggers.


Razer will be offering the new Wildcat controller for the Xbox One in October for $150.

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